Sunday, February 28, 2010
With the follow up question on what will happen to our downpayment with Hizon's... we will be transferring it to use for my sister's debut next year. She is the youngest and not one of us had that big hoopla frufru debut party... and we cannot wait to plan for it after my wedding!
There ... it is all coming together... our next project is to finish our requirement this week.
I also went there to talk to the shop owner of the bridal dress store we visited last October. We paid a reservation fee back then but Christian wanted me not to get the person as my gown supplier because of som insulting words that she said against me at the time that we were talking. So my aim was to have the amount as payment for them to make me a prep dress. When we got there, I reminded them of the talk that we had a few months ago. The lady had this really nasty look at her face and asked why we did not want her service anymore. I told her that we got another supplier that will be fixing me up during the wedding and someone who will not make any nasty remarks about me and my figure!!! She kept on saying that I found someone at the Tutuban mall and that I got someone who will just provide rental gowns. I told her that I found my supplier on the internet and that her shop is in Katipunan. Enough with the argument and on with the business. I told her my plan and she said that since I am fat, I need to add another one thousand pesos because they need more cloth! I was like... WTF! I told her that I don't want to shell out anymore money and with an additional thousand, my prep dress will be more than the gown of my mom! I can buy better blouses from Tubby with the amount.
So... I started thinking of another strategy. I just told her to give any item from the store that will compensate the amount of the reservation I paid her. She said that there will be no gown in the shop's display that will fit me! GRRRRR... I was fuming mad at this point. She just don't stop picking on my size! I shouted that her that it will not be for me... Stupid! I will just give it away to any of my cousins or nieces who are lined up to do the offertory during the mass. I just picked one to end the conversation. My mom was mad since she said that the gown I picked does not look like the amount I paid for but I told her I needed to end it to lessen my problems.
Anyone who plans to get their gowns or entourages' gowns at Divisoria... stay away from this bridal gown store at the Festival Shopping Center ... the name of the shop is Aurora's and they are located at the right side of the entrance, below the escalator. I don't want any other brides specially w@w brides to get a headache from dealing with this person!
Enough with the drama and in with the happy stuff. I am off to get myself some ribbons. I texted co-w@w bride Janice ni Jake to ask where I can get them. She texted back that I can get them at several stores along Tabora street. I was on the road to Divilandia when I read her message, the only store that stuck to my mind is Morning something. When we got to Tabora, I saw the sign that said Morning Star --- hmmm... No ribbons or embellishments at the store. I kept on looking... MOrning... Good Morning store at the other side... Damn!!! There are too many stores named with Morning.... hahahaha! I ended up going to Welmenson.... Bling bling central! Beads galore! I never entered a store like this before! I got my stuff and got out. I just can't keep myself from thinking of DIY projects inside.
I also got a pair of candle holder for the offeretory candles, paper bags for our souvenirs, a kilo f onion... really not related to our wedding... hehehehe.... the pretty pretty hair blings .... headband fascinators for my bridesmaid.... and that is it... I also had a chance to discover a dress boutique that is all goods for plus size women! Cool... I will be back there on May after all this hoopla.
bling bling necklace that i bought to pair up with my sister's ther dress
the candle holder that we will prettify -- this one is for offertory
green and blue ribbons
A very tiring day indeed... too many shops to go to... too little cash... hahahaha!
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Well in that set aside until May, we talked about where to go after the wedding. People say that we need to have a honeymoon and I will be joking that there is no need for one since we have been living together for a long time. However, just to give in to traditions we decided to head off to somewhere near Manila.
The options are:
- Batangas --- I love the beach but Christian is not really a big fan of beaches. He is not that fond of swimming in open waters. LOL! So one option that we have is the Acuatico Beach Resort in Laiya, Batangas.
- Subic --- I personally don't like the beach in Subic since the color of the sand is not white or near white but I found this villa online that looks great and I can definitely tell that it is good for relaxation. Second option, Segara Villas.
- Rizal - Not too far, not to pricey but the place looks luxurious. The Thunderbird Resort in Rizal. It is part of the same chain of hotels that has the lovely Santorini inspired placed in San Fernando, La Union. The good thing about the place, they have a nice and affordable honeymoon package but you have to show your wedding photo to them! LOL! I guess Christian will agree on this one since they have a casino within the premises of the hotel and the good thing also is that they have shuttle service to pick you up in some points -- like Sta. Lucia Mall and SM Taytay. That is really a plus for us since we both don't drive!
the pool is really really inviting!
- Tagaytay - Of course there is the nice and quiant The Boutique in Tagaytay. The place is so relaxing and the rooms are appropriately name to tickle the mind. They don't have a pool. It is a good place if one wants just to spend their time with their love one.
The rooms at The Boutique are not bad also.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Watched Avatar.. not the movie but the cartoon series. We have been watching it for a couple of days now. LOL!!! By lunch time, me and Christian decided to eat lunch outside since it is my birthday anyway! We decided to eat at Mang Inisal... unlimited rice and very very good sinigang soup. Talk about my diet! Huhuhu... but then it is really good. Yummy yummy yummy. THinking of it now makes me hungry.
After having lunch, we bought two slices of cake from Red Ribbon. Hehehehe.... Good bye diet!
white forest cake.. just for the sake of having a real cake...
Part of my day yesterday was getting some of my DIY projects done. I decided to finish the ballpens that we are going to place on the guests tables. I used that I have from the candles.
Defeated by the undergarment search, I told my mom that we should check out our bridal registry. I am just clueless on what to do but then the lady at the bridal registry is helpful enough to show me what I need to take note. We went around and mostly of the things I registered for are the stuff that we still don't have at home. It was just fun.
Note to self... It is really good to have different price ranges for your guests to afford. We got some appliances listed and small gadgets that I can use in the kitchen. My sister insisted of including glasses and plates since we don't have much at home. LOL!
We will still have to work out the registry that we have in Rustan's. hehehee...
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Sheah working on the total amount of the package that she is going to give me since I have to add my other sister into the list ... Sigh!!!!! Changing minds...
Rae Ann, my maid of honor, smiling radiantly after her measurement. I bet she is happy with the measurement that came out... Lucky for her!
Sharleen taking a photo of my mom... Hmmm... i am wondering what she is thinking? Hopefully not beige!
How low the cleavage will be? The lower the better! Hahahaha.... Christian will like that!
I will not be showing the designs of the gowns since I want it to be a surprise but our entourage will have a different dress per lady... SOmething that will suit their body type! Sheah also wants my gown not to be seen by Christian. HEhehehe! We are scheduled for our first fitting on March 6! The shop of Sheah Designs will be fully operational and Sheah said that it will be nice already... hehehehe! I am extremely excited and nervous about that... this is really is it... Diet starts now... goodbye coca cola... goodbye ice cream at mini stop... good bye ice blended coffee at coffee bean... good bye cookie.... See you after April 15! Hello yogurt.. Hello cereal... Hello tasteless chicken breast! Blah! Blah Blah!
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Before the shoot I had it all fix. Called, text and even left private message to in Facebook people who I know who will still have connections to get into the grounds. I don't want to put my good resources to waste. So special thanks to Justin, my co-Alyansa in the USC, Kuya Gary for contacting his brods in Tau Rho Xi and Sir Erick, the faculty adviser of Tau Rho Xi. Connections really pays of. LOL!
Atty. Raymond Fortun shot these photos. I am really awed by these. I love it. While writing this blog, Christian is still asleep so he hasn't seen it yet but I am sure he will really like it too for the reason that his teeth did not show in any of the photos. Hehehehe... Love you luvs. Atty. Fortun is a genious. He is fun to work with and really cool.
Cosmo and Wanda of the Fairly Odd Parents... we love this cartoon... what is written on the shirt is... Kelan ba magiging lastname mo ang last name ko? In English... When will be your last name be my last name? I know it is cheesy... My shirt just said the date of the wedding!
No tummy here.. hehehehehe
I like the infrared shots!
Sunday, February 14, 2010
The restaurant is really nice and we ordered some drinks before dinner... The frozen margarita is really strong and Christian had his usual beer! Sorry no "red horse" in the house! The dinner started with appetizers - oyster cocktails and small pancakes with sour cream... I love oysters... Christian doesn't so he tried one but gave me the other shot! Yummo!
waiting for dinner... hungry!
Next course... soup.. creamy spinach... yummy also... Then the salad... I like the dressing. We were taking our time eating the food since the band hasn't started playing yet. The main course came in, we both chose to have the beef since I was not very in the mood for fish last night! I joked Christian if he needs to order rice... LOL! But no need for it the main course was fabulous! tasty.... the sauce was really good.
Main course.. beef tenderloin... Sarap!
Of course the dessert... SIGH!!! heaven.. chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream... Yum yum yum... i almost have to lick the plate to leave no trace of chocolate! All in all the dinner was great. If the food will be this great during the wedding reception I am all for it! Christian enjoyed it as well!
me and my dessert...
I have exchanging emails and text messages even phone calls with Arleen, one of their sales people. She is really prompt and not to mention patient in answering all my inquiries. So when we got to the hotel, I immediately went to the front desk and look for her. Christian joked that we should have stayed at the coffee shop at the lobby instead of going to the Starbucks at CCP! We were asked to go to the Sales Office on the 3rd floor. While waiting we browsed through the pictures of the set up and it is not bad. Decent and somewhat formal. Christian was nodding his head while looking at it and kept of saying ok... (pwede!).... Arleen then accompanied us to see the hall on the 10th floor... and it was alright... it was clean, looks like new.. and spacious for our less than 100 guests! Plus the photo booth will fit in as well. Nice!
I then asked the series of questions like the presidential tables, the rooms that they have... one more point that they gained from us is that they have an executive suite.. sadly we cannot see it since they are fully booked since it is Valentine's day! LOL! They can provide a package for the suppliers' meal if it will be for 30 heads... I can also take away some amenities and be deducted on our total package price. Parking stubs will be provided for the guests so they won't have to pay for the parking space. It is going to be a good one. The package that they have is really inexpensive! It is a good deal.
Some of the decorations that they have set up.
Zen feeling to the venue!
The couple's area.. we saw something better from the photo album at their sales office.
Table set up... we need to do something about that table cloth... and the napkins as well.
Really spacious... 12 persons per table.
Hallway leading to the elevator
Me talking to Arlene... Christian just got trigger happy with the camera!
Christian said that the venue is good for him. I told him that we should make the downpayment already and he said that we can do it this week! Sweet! About the taste of their food... no food tasting until 50% of the package is paid for but we tried their restaurant on the 2nd floor... the story on it on my next blog.
ONe other thing to note... Butch... our friend and one of our principal sponsors offered Christian to have his stag party that night but he begged off since he was still too tired. Poor baby!
Chillax! Happy with the booked suppliers from the bridal fair!